Adventure tourism has been a recent area of thrust for India. This rapidly growing industry now offers attractive opportunities to travellers from within the country as well as from abroad.The 12th annual convention of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will be held from February 12-14 in Madhya Pradesh, at Hanumantiya, on the banks of Indira Sagar Dam. The convention will revolve around the theme of Adventure Travel – Changing Dynamics.Convention Chairman Tejbir Anand, a former President of ATOAI, says that the meeting will have brainstorming sessions and activities for active tour operators. The deliberations will chiefly focus on keeping up with current challenges and technology.
In a bid to woo the west Asian tourists, Kerala Tourism Board has launched ‘Yalla Kerala’ campaign in major countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.‘Yalla’ which in Arabic means ‘let’s go’ aims to lure the growing popularity among the Arabian travellers to ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala. This new initiative was adopted after a very positive response from the Arabian tourists to a campaign showcasing the state’s waterfalls and backwaters on Dubai’s taxis.The ‘Yalla Kerala’ campaign is set to adopt the ‘most friendly destination’ outlook to position itself in the aggressive campaigns as Monsoon, Ayurveda, Health and Wellness holidays, historic and cultural affinities along with good connectivity in the Arabian landscape.Commenting on the promotional campaign in various media, Director of Kerala Tourism Board, P Bala Kiran said, “The tourist arrivals to Kerala from the six nations have shown a growth in the range of 42.54% to 169.05% in 2016. The significant chunk of the marketing funds is being used in view of the increase in Arab footfall.”In the taxi campaigning, as many as 200 Kerala-branded taxis will ferry the message of ‘A Faraway Land Four Hours Away’ from three international airports with eye-catching visuals featuring hill stations, backwaters, waterfalls and also Ayurvedic therapies – through the streets of Dubai.
Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic reform program, Saudi Arabia is working on to expand their tourism potential by promoting pilgrimage as the main component of the tourism initiatives to attract more visitors into the country. The Haj, a journey every able-bodied Muslim who can afford must perform once in a lifetime, is a profound experience for those who undertake it. It is also big business for Saudi Arabia. The Haj and the year-round lesser pilgrimage, Umrah, generate $12 billion in revenues from worshippers’ lodging, transport, gifts, food and fees.Mecca’s Grand Mosque is visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year.However, owing to restrictions, pilgrimage visas outside the holy cities of Mecca and Medina are difficult to procure. The Saudi tourism commission has pledged to rehabilitate four sites in Mecca: Jabal al-Nour, Jabal Thawr, Hudaybiyyah and Mohammed’s migration path from Mecca to Medina. But there is hardly any sign of restoration in Mecca so far, said Irfan Alawi, founder of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation.Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers This year’s Haj witnessed nearly 2.4 million, an up from 1.9 million since last year and 7.5 million performed Umrah in 2016. Officials aim to increase the number of Umrah and Haj pilgrims to 15 million and 5 million respectively by 2020 and hope to double the Umrah number again to 30 million by 2030. In addition, they hope that pilgrims will be attracted to spend money at museums, luxury resorts and historical sites.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts will add 50 new properties to its portfolio by 2020 in the South Asia region. India expansion is a part of the strategy of adding hotels in the South Asia region.‘I prefer’ loyalty programme and ‘Preferred Residences’, a collection of luxury residential properties are a part of the expansion strategy that Preferred Hotels & Resorts will majorly focus on to increase the footprint South East Asia, China and Africa.Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ strategy for 2018 is having the right hotels in the right markets. The company also plans to add half million members to their ‘I Prefer’ loyalty programme to the already existing 2.5 million members.Apart from these, Preferred Hotels & Resorts plans to add 30 properties to its residential space.
Illinois home sales jumped in April, while prices made their own big leaps.[IMAGE]The “”Illinois Association of Realtors””:http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/ (IAR) reported Wednesday that sales were up 25.3 percent year-over-year throughout the state. According to the association, statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condos) totaled 12,621 in April, the best performance for that month since 2007.The statewide median price was $145,900, up 7.7 percent from $135,500 in April 2012. [COLUMN_BREAK]””The spring numbers are very encouraging, especially as we see substantial tightening of the numbers of homes on the market,”” said Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, IAR president and managing broker/owner with RE/MAX Results Plus. “”While prices are inching up slightly due to strong demand, the interest rates continue to be a powerful lure for those who want to own a home and the spring housing market looks to be a strong one.””Out of the 102 counties reporting to IAR, 55 showed year-over-year home sales gains, while 42 showed yearly median price improvements. Meanwhile, the inventory of homes for sale in April was 62,503 units, a 30.6 percent drop compared to last year. The time it takes to sell a home has also fallen, with days on market averaging 89, down from 111 last April.””The housing market is exhibiting signs of a more stable recovery with an anticipated strong early summer led by strong sales gains and more modest but still positive gains in median prices,”” noted Geoffrey J.D. Hewings , Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois. “”Average time on the market, the growth in the pending sales index and an increase in the share of total sales captured by more expensive properties point to a return to greater stability in the market.”” Illinois Sees Strong April in Sales, Prices Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Realtor Association Service Providers 2013-05-23 Tory Barringer Share May 23, 2013 431 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-23 Tory Barringer Appraisal Institute Publishes New Update to Comprehensive Textbook The “”Appraisal Institute””:http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/ announced the 14th edition of “”The Appraisal of Real Estate,”” the newest update to the profession’s most comprehensive source of information for appraisers and other real estate professionals.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The 14th edition has been restructured to mirror the organization of the valuation process, moving from the identification of problems to the report of defined value. It also includes more discussion on scope of work, more background on the evolution of national and international appraisal standards, and expanded coverage of topics explored in previous editions such as green building and the use of automated valuation models.””Today, while real estate markets–and real estate professionals, work themselves out of the economic downturn of the previous five years, both appraisers and users of their services can be assured that this volume builds on time-tested foundational knowledge and contains the most up-to-date information and learning on valuation available anywhere,”” wrote Appraisal Institute president Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA, in the book’s foreword.””The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th Edition”” is available in hardcover or PDF. September 23, 2013 447 Views
Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,Alliant National Hires VP for Agent Training, Business Development October 24, 2013 386 Views “”Alliant National Title Insurance Company””:http://www.alliantnational.com/home.aspx, a title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents, announced the hiring of Katherine “”Kitty”” Stevens, Esq. as VP of Florida agent training and business development.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]In her new role, Stevens will team with Jeffry Stein, Esq., VP and Florida counsel for Alliant National, to craft and share creative solutions to help the company’s independent agents thrive in the new regulatory environment. She is also charged with spearheading Alliant National’s agent training initiatives in Florida.Stevens earned her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.””Kitty Stevens has an excellent background for what is required to stay abreast of consumer protection regulations, especially as they pertain to mortgages,”” said David Ginger, president of Alliant National. “”We welcome her to our team.””””I am honored to join the Alliant National Team,”” Stevens said. “”As an attorney, I am dedicated to the protection and education of consumers, and I look forward to achieving this goal through Alliant National’s carefully selected, ethical Independent Agents.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers Title Insurance 2013-10-24 Tory Barringer
May 26, 2014 506 Views Home prices have risen in Florida for 29 consecutive months as of April, according to Florida Realtors. At the same time, new listings and inventory are on the rise.The median sales price for an existing single-family home rose 6.1 percent year-over-year in April to $175,000. The median price for townhomes and condos rose 9.8 percent year-over-year to $140,500 in April, according to Florida Realtors.This compares to an existing single-family median price of $198,000 at the national level and an existing condo-townhome median price of $200,800 nationally.Inventory in Florida is reaching normal levels as the single-family market holds a 5.7 months’ supply as of April and the townhome-condo market holds a 6-month supply.”We continue to see the development of a sustainable market here in Florida,” said John Tuccillo, chief economist for Florida Realtors, adding, “The numbers all suggest a balanced market.””If there’s anything that jumps out of these numbers, it is the rapidly disappearing short sale market,” Tuccillo noted.”The decline in short sales—a characteristic seen all over the country—is a function of rising prices reducing the number of candidate properties for short sales.”Single-family home short sales plummeted 51.5 percent year-over-year in April, while short sales fell an even greater 57.9 percent in the condo-townhome market.”We expect this will continue as the market continues to improve,” Tuccillo said.Rising prices are also a factor in the increased listings in April, according to Sherri Meadows, president of Florida Realtors. April’s increase in new listings reflects that “many Florida homeowners are continuing to regain equity in their homes.”Single-family home sales were up 4.1 percent over the year in April for a total of 21,385 sales.On the other hand, sales of condos and townhomes declined 5.1 percent over the year for a total of 10,766. Florida Housing Market Is ‘Balanced,’ Improving in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Florida Realtors Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply 2014-05-26 Krista Franks Brock Share
It’s much harder to qualify for a mortgage. The default risk of mortgages originated in 2001 was about 12.5 percent. As the housing bubble began inflating along with riskier lending, the expected default risk increased to nearly 17 percent. Post-crisis however, as lenders switched to originating only the safest mortgages, the expected default risk fell rapidly to just 4.6 percent in 2013. Access to credit has since started to improve slowly with default risk increasing to 5.7 percent in early 2015. August 10, 2015 509 Views 2001 Contradicting Data Housing Market Recovery Urban Institute 2015-08-10 Staff Writer There are fewer mortgages being originated. Approximately 4.7 million first-lien purchase mortgages were originated in 2001. In contrast in 2013, the latest year for which HDMA data are available, only 3 million such mortgages were originated. Our previous research shows that a big reason for this decline is the extraordinarily tight lending standards of the post-crisis period. Housing Market Recovery Questionable Due to Contradicting Data Share The rate of seriously delinquent mortgages is much higher. Although the rate of seriously delinquent mortgages has declined recently as house prices have recovered, it still remains high relative to 2001. Loans that are more than 90-days delinquent or in foreclosure comprised 4.2 percent of all outstanding mortgages in the first quarter of 2015, down from nearly 10 percent in 2009, but still elevated from 2.4 percent in 2001.”We continue to move in the right direction, but progress has been uneven,” Kaul said. “So how will we know when the mortgage market has recovered enough and is healthy once again? When the government share of the mortgage market is closer to 50 percent, when the expected default risk is closer to 12.5 percent, when first-lien mortgage originations are closer to 5 million, and when the rate of seriously delinquent mortgages is closer to 2.4 percent. In other words, when it looks more like 2001.” in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Normalizing housing market conditions such as home sales increasing, prices rising, credit access easing, and private capital gradually returning appear to be imminent signs of a full recovery. However, contradicting data such as tight credit, high delinquencies, and taxpayers still backing most of the mortgage market reveal otherwise.Karan Kaul, research associate at the Urban Institute addressed the looming questions surrounding the housing market health in a report released Monday, determining that no single indicator can gauge market health.According to the report, in 2001, home prices were rising moderately, mortgage credit was easier to obtain, underwriting was sound, private capital was abundant, and default and foreclosure rates were low. Compared to today’s market, this was definitely a healthy housing market.The government has a much larger share of the market. In 2001, the Federal Housing Administration, (FHA) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the government sponsored enterprises together backed about 52 percent of all first-lien mortgage origination while private capital financed the remainder. In 2014, the government-backed share was 71 percent after peaking at nearly 90 percent in 2009.
Home Builders Proceed With Cautious Optimism Confidence Home Builders Housing Market Optimism 2016-04-18 Staff Writer Confidence among home builders has held firm over the last few months, showing slow, but continued progression in the single-family sector. However, builders are still faced with concerns about labor and lot shortages.Home builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes was flat for the month of April at 58, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).In March and February, builder confidence came in at 58, down from January’s 61 and seven points lower than its recent peak of 65 in October. That said, the index is still well above the tipping point of 50 and three points above last February’s number.“Builder confidence has held firm at 58 for three consecutive months, showing that the single-family housing sector continues to recover at a slow but consistent pace,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Illinois. “As we enter the spring home buying season, we should see the market move forward.”The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.According to the NAHB, the HMI components gauging sales expectations and buyer traffic both rose one point to 62 and 44, respectively. Meanwhile, the sales conditions indicator decreased two points to 63.Regionally, in terms of three-month moving averages for regional HMI, all four regions saw slight declines. The West and Northeast decereased two points to 44 and 67, respectively. The South and Midwest regions posted one-point losses to 57 and 58.Robert Dietz, Ph.D., Chief Economist and SVP for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB stated, “Builders remain cautiously optimistic about housing market growth. NAHB is forecasting faster single-family construction growth for 2016 than the 10 percent gain recorded in 2015. However, difficulties associated with access to labor and building lots are restraining growth in many local markets. Nonetheless, healthy levels of job creation, low mortgage interest rates and lack of existing home inventory will support increased construction of single-family homes. The residential construction sector will be a bright spot for an economy that slowed during the first quarter of 2016.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share April 18, 2016 546 Views
Refi Boom, Compliance Keeping Loan Defects Low Share The recent spike in mortgage refinances driven by near historically low mortgage rates has benefited the loan production process by the lowering the frequency of defects, fraudulence, and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications, according to data released by First American Financial Corporation on Wednesday.The First American Loan Application Defect Index for July 2016 reported a decline of 2.8 percent over-the-month in July and a drop of 16.7 percent over-the-year. The Defect Index in July was down by 31.4 percent from its risk peak, reached in October 2013, according to First American.“The Defect Index continues to improve as the share of refinance activity in the market remains strong. According to the latest MBA mortgage applications survey, the refinance share of mortgage applications remains above 60 percent. The housing market continues to benefit from historically low mortgage rates, which are driving lower defect-risk refinance activity,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell in July to 3.44 percent from 3.57 percent in June. Other than between October 2012 and January 2013, this marks the lowest mortgage rates have been since Freddie Mac began tracking mortgage rates in 1971. To the extent that lower defect-risk refinance applications continue to occupy a large share of the mortgage market, the overall index will benefit.”For refinance transactions, the Defect Index declined by 1.7 percent from June to July and 18.1 percent from July 2015 to July 2016. For purchase transactions, the Defect Index was down 1.3 percent over-the-month and 13.2 percent over-the-year in July. These two Defect Indices are also way down from their peaks reached in late 2013, albeit at a much higher rate for refinance transactions than purchase transactions (41 percent compared to 24 percent).“The benefits in compliant loan production processes are becoming more clearly evident, particularly for refinance transactions, in the big declines we are observing in loan application and mortgage defect risk,” Fleming said. “Refinance activity, fueled by historically low mortgage rates, combined with improved loan manufacturing processes are resulting in higher quality loan applications with the lowest level of defects and misrepresentation that we have seen in recent history.” in Daily Dose, News, Origination August 31, 2016 630 Views Compliance Loan Defects Refinances 2016-08-31 Seth Welborn
October 20, 2016 663 Views Freddie Mac Housing Market U.S. Economy 2016-10-20 Seth Welborn Freddie Mac: Expect Less Refi Activity in 2017 in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News (Editor’s note: For more on this topic, see the cover story in the forthcoming November issue of MReport magazine which covers the possible end of the refi boom more in-depth)By Ryan SchuetteMortgage markets are doing well, but don’t take anything for granted—especially with looming declines in refinance originations and less certainty around the broader economy.That’s the synopsis of an economic forecast out from Freddie Mac on Thursday. According to the GSE, $2 trillion in total originations expected this year could dip to about $1.7 trillion in 2017.Part of that is due to a cool-off in refinance originations activity. Freddie Mac predicted a steep decline in this sector—by some 41 percent, a fall from $1 trillion in refinance activity to about $600 billion.The expected declines also owe to unpredictable interest-rate moves from the Federal Reserve and the ripple effect of a post-Brexit world economy, according to the analysis.”As the economy sputters along a little bit faster than stall speed, the U.S. housing market continues to be a bright spot, though there’s less room to run than in the prior few years,” Sean Becketti, chief economist for Freddie Mac, said in a statement. “Unlike new home sales, existing home sales have nearly recovered back to pre-recession norms.“However, worldwide economic growth is weak and its prospects have gotten worse. This may all sound familiar because we’ve been here before,” Becketti added.According to the analysis, the economy should chug along at 1.9 percent year-over-year, with 1.6 percent in GDP growth in 2016. The 30-year fixed-interest mortgage could very well average 3.9 percent fourth quarter next year.The GSE also predicted that total home sales will feel a drag, with an uptick in new single-family housing construction lifting that count only slightly higher to 6.16 million, marginally better than 6.04 million reported in 2016.“[W]e see new home sales improving some next year driven by increases in new single-family housing construction which will push total home sales slightly higher,” Becketti said. Share
April 19, 2017 631 Views Homebuilders are largely optimistic about 2017, with most expecting a rise in residential construction volume over the next two years, according to a survey of construction professionals at the Atlantic Builders Conference earlier this month.Conducted by TD Bank, the survey revealed that 82 percent of builders anticipate a rise in residential homebuilding over the next two years. That number is up from last year when 75 percent shared the sentiment.On the client side, the survey found that most builders—38 percent—expect their buyers to need 30-year loan, while 25 percent anticipate construction-to-permanent loans. According to a release from TD Bank, construction loans will likely be in high demand this spring.“Spring homebuying season is in full swing, and consumers need construction loans. In fact, about one-quarter of TD Bank’s loans are coming from new construction.”Construction-to-permanent loans offer buyers an easier solution than most other construction financing options, TD’s release stated.“What these borrowers don’t know, is that they only have to go to the closing table once. They can execute a one-time close upfront, instead of getting a construction loan, paying it bank and then obtaining another permanent mortgage for their home. They can lock into one interest rate at the start of construction, keep that rate until they refinance, pay off the loan, or sell their home. This also saves on closing costs.”In regards to the market’s rising mortgage rates, builders are mixed on how they will impact business in the coming year. Thirty-seven percent said they expect activity will remain unchanged, while 34 percent rates will likely result in decreased home sales and purchases.TD Bank also surveyed builders about the challenges facing buyers today. The majority said financing approval and affordability, credit approval, and timeline constraints were the biggest issues.Builders also shared their thoughts on working with mortgage loan officers in their transactions. More than 60 percent said quick turnaround times and response times is the most valuable asset a loan officer can have. Accessibility and guidance in navigating the finance process were also high on the list. Builders Expect Strong Years Ahead in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination Homebuilders 2017-04-19 Seth Welborn Share
hotelsmauritius INTI, the first Argentinian-Peruvian restaurant in Mauritius throbs to Latin American music from late afternoon onwards — as dreamy for sundowners as after-dinner drinks. Atmospheric and inspired, a DJ sound tracks the Ceviche and Pisco Bar, while seafood and cocktails specialties are expertly prepared to whet your appetite for dinner in the lagoon-side garden.As a tribute to LUX*’s award-winning resort in Turkey, the Bodrum Blue at LUX* Grand Gaube serves seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean with excellent Turkish wines. The selection and variety of dishes inspired by Bodrum’s coastline have been prepared to perfection thanks to Bodrum’s Blue Turkish chef. Five Turkish wines have joined our Scrucap collection and they are only available at Bodrum Blue. Small groups can make suppers an extra special occasion by booking the Tastevin where the expert sommelier will delight all with the wisdom behind the wines. With the largest selection of prosecco and cider in the country and a unique selection of six craft, local and imported beers on tap, the Palm Court Bar is a place that has everyone relaxing. LUX* Grand Gaube has officially opened this month presenting its eclectic retro-chic style, by British born design guru Kelly Hoppen MBE, applied to Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam’s vision of contemporary, yet timeless, Indian Ocean living.With 186 rooms, including 89 suites and villas, the resort features six restaurants and seven bars — many of which are totally unique styles to Mauritius. The interactive open kitchen at the heart of Palm Court means guests can choose between favourite comfort foods or theatrical teppanyaki creations. Help yourself to salads, just-made sushi, house-made kombucha elixirs, gourmet smoked fish and cured meats, zingy curries, tandoor-baked naan breads and Sichuan or Cantonese stir-fries made right there. There’s home style Italian cooking too, including wood-fired pizzas, salt-crusted fish, crispy suckling pig and a rotisserie showcasing the juiciest cuts.
Well, that was unexpected.It had been well over a calendar year, 427 days in fact, since the ArizonaCardinals won a game away from University of Phoenix Stadium.But a string of 11 straight road losses came to an end on Sunday with a 21-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.John Skelton, making his 2nd straight start at quarterback for the injuredKevin Kolb, threw three touchdown passes, including a 5-yard scoringstrike to Early Doucet with 1:53 remaining in the game to lift the Cardinalsto the victory. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share And when there was a chance to win a game by making a play, Skelton gotit done–an area where Kolb has failed four times this season.Of course, Kolb still has that contract, so there’s no way there will be aquarterback controversy with this team. When Kolb’s ready to go, the job ishis.And how about that defense? – The Cardinals defense did a nicejob against two of the league’s most dynamic offensive talents on Sunday.Michael Vick was average at best, throwing for 128 yards and 2 picks. Andeven though Vick ran for 79 yards, that yardage wasn’t a big factor in theball game. LeSean McCoy had 81 yards, but was held 22 yards under his seasonaverage. I’d call that a victory. Top Stories The Eagles last-ditch attempt to answer that score ended when A.JJefferson picked off a Michael Vick pass on 3rd down and 20 with just :33remaining.With the win, the Cardinals improve their record to 3-6 and notch back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Detroit and St. Louis in weeks 15and 16 back in 2009. And “The Dream Team”, err, I mean the Eagles fall to 3-6 and has droppedtwo straight.The Player of the Game – Two words. Larry Fitzgerald. One ofthe big story lines heading into this game was Fitz vs. the Eagles’secondary. No contest. Fitzgerald caught 7 balls for 146 yards and twotouchdowns, and made an unbelievable over-the-shoulder catch at thePhiladelphia one-yard line to set up Arizona’ go-ahead score.A little closer to a QB controversy -I’ll give John Skelton thismuch.He wins football games. Skelton did throw two crippling interceptions onSunday, one that was returned for a touchdown by Asante Samuel in the2nd quarter, and the other was a horrible throw that was picked off byNnamdi Asomugha deep in Cardinals’ territory that led to a 4th quarterfield goal that put Philly up 17-14.But Skelton obviously did some nice things too, including directing threetouchdown drives, all that were at least 84 yards in length. And he’s donea great job of targeting Fitzgerald more than Kolb had been. In Kolb’s lasttwo starts prior to his injury, Fitz had 15 balls thrown his way. In the lasttwo weeks, Skelton has thrown 25 to Fitzgerald.
LISTEN: Calais Campbell, Cardinals DE Whether or not Arians will experience more success in Arizona than Whisenhunt remains to be seen, but as of now there is renewed optimism in the desert. – / 24 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Any time you go through three seasons of losing records — or pretty much, not-winning records — in this business, it’s going to happen,” he said of the coaching change that saw the team replace Ken Whisenhunt with Bruce Arians. Campbell added that he wasn’t one who felt a change was needed, but that he trusts the front office to make decisions that will be best for the team.“I like Bruce Arians, I think he’s a great coach,” he said, adding that he felt the same way about Whisenhunt. “But B.A. has a good thing going.”Arians has yet to coach the Cardinals in a game that counts, but so far they are 2-0 in the preseason and appear — on the surface — to be better than they were last season.“I think B.A. is the man for the job,” Campbell said. “I think he’s got us all motivated, has us excited, really believing we can win.”He’s also, according to Campbell, got the players working a little harder than perhaps they otherwise would have had no change been made.“Change does bring the best out of everybody because when you have to start brand new and prove yourself to a new coaching staff, you play your hardest a lot earlier,” he said. “Otherwise they’re going to bring their guys in that they know can do the job.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. As one of the cornerstones of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense, defensive end Calais Campbell’s perspective on things carries some weight. Entering his sixth NFL season — all with the Cardinals — the former Miami Hurricane has both reached the Super Bowl as well as finished in last place in the NFC West. Last season’s 5-11 record was tied for the worst mark in Campbell’s young career, and by the time it came to a close the lineman had an idea change would be coming to the organization. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Since 1994, the Arizona Cardinals have received only 16 compensatory picks for the NFL Draft; a number that will increase by just one this year after it was officially announced that the Cards will receive the final pick in the upcoming draft.#AZCardinals awarded a 7th round compensatory choice in the 2015 #NFLDraft. The pick is the 256th and final selection of the draft.#NFL— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 24, 2015 The Cardinals also received the final pick in the draft in 2001, a selection they used on BYU tight end Tevita Ofahengaue.While the final player selected in the draft — commonly and aptly referred to as “Mr. Irrelevant” — doesn’t often find his way on the active 53-man roster once the season begins, it certainly never hurts to have an extra pick in your back pocket if you’re running an NFL front office.Compensatory picks are awarded to teams through an equation that assigns value to the unrestricted free agents a team loses against the unrestricted free agents a team signs from the previous year. Hence, the Cardinals’ 2014 free agent signees are factored in to the equation. The 2015 additions and departures are not.Often times, compensatory picks — like “Mr. Irrelevant — don’t pan out, but every once in awhile a team strikes gold. This was the case for the Cardinals in the 1998 NFL Draft, when they used the 226th overall selection in the seventh round to draft an undersized safety from Arizona State named Pat Tillman.The 2015 NFL Draft will be held April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Bruce Arians shakes Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s hand after the Arizona Cardinals’ 38-19 loss on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (Associated Press) Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes from his session, which comes after the team’s 38-19 loss against the Atlanta Falcons that dropped Arizona to 4-6-1. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On facing a situation like this as a head coach and what it is doing to him:“Those six years at Temple, they got me accustomed to a hell of a lot of stuff. So, I’ve been addressing people about this for a really long time. It really doesn’t change. As a coordinator, you are still responsible for half of the team, and when you go through rough spots, it’s your half. This is my whole team, and if there is one thing that’s disheartening is that we are not as physical as I wish we were.”On how disappointing is it that guys are trying to get on the stat sheet instead of doing their job:“That’s the selfishness instead of selflessness that has crept in.”On what allows selfishness to creep in:“That’s an individual thing.”On if the lack of physical play can translate into the team not being as tough as he wants them:“Yes and no. It’s a matter of running balls on you in goal line defense. You just don’t allow people to run the ball. You let them throw it in, but you just don’t allow them to run it in, and they ran it in twice. That’s where we set the tempo in training camp.”On if it is disturbing that they got to Matt Ryan at the beginning of the third quarter and that was it: On the road games being difficult:“Really good first half in three of them, and not coming out and finishing or playing well in the second half has been a common theme.”On the message to the team being to focus on one game at a time:“Just win this week and we’ll keep adding them up. You can’t look at big pictures right now. It is just too crazy of a season for everybody. You just have to win this week, and this is a hell of an opponent.”On his thoughts on the Washington Redskins:“Right now, they are probably playing as well offensively as anybody in the league. Kirk (Cousins) is playing at a high level. They’ve got (Robert) Kelley, the young back, looks awesome, those two tight ends and the three wideouts. They have an arsenal of weapons. I don’t know about (Jordan) Reed’s availability yet, but I’d imagine he will play. It’s too big of a game.”On if downfield accuracy is the biggest development in Kirk Cousins:“I think he’s always had that. I think it’s getting the ball out of his hand and not getting sacked. He sees the field extremely well. He’s a football junkie.”On how Carson Palmer is feeling:“Probably like he got hit by a truck. That’s two weeks in a row he got hit too many times.” ErrorOK ErrorOK“Yeah, we were close. They were doing a very, very good job of doing a lot of play action, getting him out of the pocket and throwing it very quick. When they tried to throw it down the field, we normally either got to him or broke it up. They had a really nice designed play to get him out on the deep comeback that they got on Pat (Peterson). That was probably the only ball Pat gave up over 10 yards.”On if Atlanta reminds him of the Cardinals last year:“Yes and no. We never have (bootlegged) that much, but they have some really good weapons. Matty (Ryan) is playing extremely well.”On David Johnson not factoring as much in the second half and if it has to do with changing the game plan:“We started the second half with the same plays. They just didn’t work. The first bootleg we don’t block properly and we have to throw it away. We ran the same play and we got nothing, so as you fall behind, he is going to catch a lot of passes.”On his mindset for the rest of the season:“Really it is just this week. You just take them one at a time. I think once we win one, we’ll be fine. I think we’ll add them up at nine and I think you have a great shot still because we’re going to be playing some of those teams that are going to be in the same spot we’re in. We just have to win one. I don’t look at big pictures until the whole season is over. To think we would try to lose games to get a better draft choice is absolutely asinine. I don’t know who would ever do that.” He began with an opening statement:“After reviewing the film, it’s probably just like yesterday when we talked. It’s always four or five plays that determine outcomes of games. We didn’t make those four or five plays again. The best start we’ve had offensively followed up by allowing them to score right behind you. That’s very disheartening, to be able to get off to the type of start we want to get off to and then let them answer. The second drive should have been a touchdown — one of those plays, we just don’t catch the snap from center and we don’t walk in on a running play for a touchdown. We end up with a 3rd and 15 instead of a touchdown, so we kick a field goal. When you’re on the road, those four points always matter, and it was just a matter of catching the snap and handing it off. Same thing defensively, we had the interception; D.J. (Swearinger) catches balls one-handed every day and tried to take off running with it. I thought defensively we had some guys get out of their lane again and try to do too much, tried to get on the stat sheet instead of just doing their job. Corey Peters was outstanding. He played 35 plays and had 35 pluses and four tackles, whatever his stat line was. That was the example I used to the rest of them; if you do your job, you’ll be on the stat sheet. The only stat that matters is winning and losing, and right now we’re not making the critical plays to win games and it’s got to be corrected soon. Injury-wise there is nothing to report.” On Carson Palmer playing better when he’s not under pressure:“I thought he played great. The last interception, he just had to throw the damn thing somewhere.”On Patrick Peterson’s knee:“It’s sore. There is nothing structurally damaged. So we’ll see how it goes.”On David Johnson’s hand:“He just dislocated a finger. It’s OK.” – / 24 On if he’s surprised that players are still not doing their job:“I’m very surprised. We’ve been talking about it for four weeks and the veterans obviously haven’t done anything about it, so maybe young guys will step up and make the opportunity they need.”On what corrections can be made that have not already been tried:“Biggest thing is to catch the ball. Me, personally, I don’t think there is anything, because we’ve been in position – after reviewing it, you always start with the coaching. Why we weren’t as physical as I thought we should’ve been is a question, because we did not hit last week, but we need to be more physical. The penalties, they are what they are. A.Q. Shipley got a huge holding penalty when he could’ve just blocked the guy. Just block him; you don’t throw him on the ground. That’s an 18-yard run and we are off and running again, and those are the kind of silly mistakes we have to stop.”On why the great preparation and practice hasn’t carried over to the games:“I would probably make a million if I could answer that because I could sell it to a bunch of coaches. I don’t know because preparation is usually the key to success, and we have had a month of great practices, preparation, guys pass tests. They do everything that they are asked to do. But it’s not translating on those four or five plays. It is throughout the game, and right now we’ve got ourselves behind the eight ball in the fourth quarter having to throw, and our offensive line cannot handle that.” 0 Comments Share On if he senses that there is a lack of intensity or urgency:“No. I would say that if we were having poor practices. I think if anything it’s the reverse of trying too hard, pressing, trying, especially defensively, trying to make a play. Offensively, it is just a matter of throwing it and catching it. But, then when you get behind you have to protect your quarterback better.”On his thoughts on the offensive line:“I thought for three quarters they were very, very good for their first start out. D.J. (Humphries) played extremely well. I think both the right side guys, (Ulrick) John – that’s probably the first time John has played a game since Georgia State — I thought they got tired. I thought Ulrick got tired and John Wetzel got tired and it showed up out there, so we have to do something about that.”On if he is going to stick with the same offensive line:“Yes.”On if D.J. Humphries at left tackle is something he would consider long term:“We’ll just see how that goes.”On what the biggest problems on defense were:“It was a combination. The two screen passes were just getting them turned back inside — fundamentals, get it turned back inside and guys getting there. We turned the one back inside and missed the tackle, and the other we do not get it turned back inside and let it outside. The last run for a touchdown, there shouldn’t have been anywhere to go. We pushed the whole side back, and the running back made a great cut outside and Junk (Markus Golden) just lost contain.”
0 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks told reporters on Friday that offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich and safety Tre Boston were not expected to play on Sunday as the two recover from injury.Boston is nursing an injury to the shoulder and ribs, while Vujnovich is recovering from a hamstring injury.Neither Vujnovich nor Boston participated in practice on Thursday.Wilks said the other players recovering from injuries would be gametime decisions for the Arizona Cardinals, who host the San Francisco 49ers this weekend at State Farm Stadium. Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson, center, is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tre Boston, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Related LinksCardinals sign rookie kicker Matt McCrane to practice squadWeek 8 NFL injury report: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona CardinalsCardinals aren’t trading Patrick Peterson, GM Steve Keim reiteratesVujnovich is not a starter on the Cardinals’ offensive line, but his presence is important for the team’s depth as Mike Iupati and Justin Pugh have been limited in practice this week with injuries of their own.Boston, meanwhile, joins Jamar Taylor as the only defensive backs on Arizona’s injury report as of Thursday, but Taylor participated fully in practice on Thursday. Boston is listed on the depth chart as the backup free safety to Antoine Bethea. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly set to hire Bruce Arians, it turns out they needed to provide compensation to the Arizona Cardinals for the rights to the Cardinals’ former coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The NFL initially told the Bucs they didn’t have to provide compensation, per Schefter, but the Cardinals argued to the NFL they held Arians’ rights.To end the matter, the Bucs sent the Cardinals their 2019 sixth-round pick in exchange for the rights to Arians and the Cardinals’ 2019 seventh-round pick. 6 Comments Share Arians was the head coach of the Cardinals from 2013-17, posting a record of 49-30 in his five seasons. He announced his retirement after a 2017 season in which the Cardinals had a record of 8-8.Related LinksReport: Former Cards coach Leftwich joining Arians in Tampa BayTampa Bay Buccaneers hire Bruce Arians as head coachKliff Kingsbury hire refreshes, brings life back to Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals hire Kliff Kingsbury as next head coachIn the offseason after Arians’ second year, the coach signed an extension that had him with the team through 2018 and that included a team option for the 2019 season.Arians will reportedly bring some familiar faces with him. Former Cardinals coaches Todd Bowles, Harold Goodwin and Byron Leftwich will join Arians in Tampa Bay. Bowles will serve as defensive coordinator while Leftwich is set up to be the pass-game coordinator and Goodwin will operate as run-game coordinator.The Cardinals replaced Arians with Steve Wilks, who was fired after one season and a 3-13 record. In Wilks’ place, the Cardinals hired former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Tuesday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo